Tag: Trudeau, Justin

Justin Trudeau’s Political Crisis Widens as Top Aide and Friend Resigns

OTTAWA — The top political adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada resigned on Monday, deepening a political crisis over allegations the government tried to interfere in a criminal court case. In a statement announcing his departure, Gerald Butts, who has been a close friend of Mr. Trudeau’s since their university days, linked his […]

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Ethics Inquiry Opened Over Justin Trudeau’s Actions in Bribery Case

Canada’s parliamentary ethics commissioner said on Monday that he would look into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured his former attorney general to call off a criminal case against a major engineering company based in Montreal. The announcement, made in a letter to two members of Parliament, followed several days of allegations that […]

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Thank God for Canada!

After the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, tweeted concern about Saudi Arabia’s imprisoning of a women’s rights activist, the crown prince there seemed to go nuts. Saudi Arabia announced that it was expelling Canada’s ambassador, halting flights to Canada, ending purchases of Canadian wheat, recalling students from Canada and selling off Canadian assets. Did the […]

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Arrests in Terror Plot Raise Questions About Canada’s Refugee Embrace

KINGSTON, Ontario — A youth was charged on Friday with “facilitating a terrorist activity” in eastern Ontario and trying to persuade a friend, who is a Syrian refugee, to plant a bomb in a public place. The refugee was released from custody although the possibility of charges against him remain. The youth who was charged […]

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Trump Signs New Trade Deal With Neighbors After Acrimonious Negotiations

BUENOS AIRES — President Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts sought to put the acrimony of the past two years behind them on Friday as they signed a new agreement governing hundreds of billions of dollars in trade among the neighbors that underpins their economies. Meeting for the first time since the revised North […]

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Trade Pact Is Signed, but U.S.-Canada Rift Remains

He has called Justin Trudeau “very dishonest and weak.” He also, perhaps jokingly, accused Canada — which came into formal being in 1867 — of burning down the White House during the War of 1812. But on Friday, as President Trump, Mr. Trudeau and Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a North American trade pact […]

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Despite Tough Talk on Trade, Trump Could Seek a Truce with Xi Jinping at G-20

WASHINGTON — President Trump is projecting a steely facade as he prepares for a critical meeting on trade this weekend with President Xi Jinping of China. But behind his tough talk and threats of higher tariffs is a creeping anxiety about the costs of a prolonged trade war on the financial markets and the broader […]

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Ottawa Dispatch: Justin Trudeau’s Official Home: Unfit for a Leader or Anyone Else

OTTAWA — At Canada’s official residence for its prime minister, security cameras keep silent watch over the fences, visitors pass through gates that can block truck bombs and a detail of uniformed Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers patrol day and night. But the prime minister himself is unlikely to be found inside. When Justin Trudeau […]

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5 Takeaways From Trump’s News Conference at the United Nations

President Trump complained on Wednesday that “evil people,” including women in search of fame and fortune, routinely fabricate sexual assault charges against powerful men, and argued that his own experience with such allegations makes him more skeptical of the accusations threatening to bring down Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court. In […]

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Trump Berates Canada and Threatens Car Tariffs as Nafta Talks Falter

WASHINGTON — President Trump said he rejected a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada during the United Nations General Assembly this week and threatened on Wednesday to punish Canada by taxing the cars it exports into America, signaling a new low in relations between the two nations. Mr. Trump’s comments come after months […]

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Why Canada Won’t Budge on Trade

As a practical matter, this is a pretty small change: The system runs smoothly, and appeals are less important than they used to be, at least in some people’s eyes. And there’s always the World Trade Organization, with its own dispute resolution process, as a backstop. But practical matters aren’t the point. Many Canadians believe […]

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A Bogus Deal on Nafta

Mr. Trump has particular animus for the dairy industry in Canada. There’s no question that protectionist constraints keep milk prices there high and farmers profitable. The Canadians have pointed to subsidies that American farmers get and are resisting Mr. Trump’s no-compromise demand to throw their cows under the bus. Mr. Trump also wants Canada to […]

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Nafta Is Suddenly in Doubt, and Canada Reels

TORONTO — First the American president started a trade war with Canada, one of the United States’ closest allies and trading partners, imposing tariffs on the country’s steel and aluminum. Then, he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “very dishonest and weak,” shattering what was expected to be his moment of glory on the world stage […]

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Canada’s Strong Words on Climate Face a Test in Trump’s Nafta Makeover

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — As President Trump demanded a makeover of the North American Free Trade Agreement over the past year, Canada staked out a position squarely at odds with the White House: Any new pact must recognize climate change. That demand […]

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